DSW asked to contribute to National Peer-Education Manual in Ethiopia

Esayas Meskel Youth Empowerment

Based on our expertise in producing and developing of IEC-BCC based peer educator’s manual, DSW was specially selected by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health (MoH) to sit at the steering committee to propose contents for the National Peer-Education Manual. After a series of meetings, a workshop was hosted by the MoH on January 2nd, 2015 that drew the attendance of …

Discussing EU development policy with ACP-EU Members of Parliament

Andreia Oliveira Youth Empowerment

The 28th session of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly was the first opportunity to engage with new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) Delegation to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, after the elections in last May. As part of the Steering Committee of the CONCORD Cotonou Working Group, I actively helped putting together a lunch debate and participated as a panellist …

European Parliament Development Priorities – what MEPs said

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

These are interesting times in Brussels for development policy. We are entering a new period for the European Union – in 2014 a new European Commission and a new European Parliament have been installed in the last six months. On top of that, will be an important year for global development – an agreement will be reached on a development …

Funding for PRND R&D in 2013 – A mixed bag of results

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

Poverty-related and neglected diseases (PRNDs) account for the world’s most deadly diseases. It is estimated that diseases such as HIV & AIDS, malaria, and Tuberculosis account for an estimated 13.7 million deaths worldwide each year – the equivalent of a 1000 passenger jets crashing each week and killing all of their passengers! Given the devastation these diseases wreak on families, …

Population Stories: Media Champions Feted

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

Outstanding journalists were last night feted during the 8th annual Kenya Media Network on Population and Development (KEMEP) awards ceremony in Nairobi. The awards which recognise and reward journalistic excellence in the coverage of population & development issues were co-sponsored by UNFPA, National Council for Population & Development (NCPD), DSW and JHPIEGO through its TUPANGE project.

DSW Tanzania: The ILO empowers DSW women and youth groups to use SME labour laws

Diana Shuma Youth Empowerment

The SIYB association of East Africa in collaboration with Association for Tanzania Employers (ATE) and DSW facilitated a workshop on Labour law for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Arusha region. 100 entrepreneurs from Arusha Municipal, Arusha rural and Meru districts attended the workshop which was supported by ILO. Among the stakeholders was Labour Officer from Ministry of Labour …

World AIDS Day: An end to AIDS, if we work hard enough

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

World AIDS Day 2014: this opinion piece, written by four Members of the European Parliament from the UK, was originally published online at Devex. You can access it on their site here. Is an end to AIDS within our lifetime really too much to hope for? The facts might suggest otherwise. According to UNAIDS, in 2013 over 2.1 million people contracted HIV …

DSW lends support to First Lady’s ‘Beyond Zero campaign’

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

On 29th November, DSW joined other partners in lending support to the First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta during launch of the 14th mobile clinic in Mombasa County. Only slightly more than 50% of HIV positive pregnant women in Mombasa county attend the four recommended antenatal visits which heightens the risk of mother to child transmission of HIV. Additionally, persons …

Health Workers in Many Kenyan Clinics Brave Community Health Care Alone

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

Kenya, with only 11.8 health workers per 10,000 people (more than 40% below WHO’s recommendation of 22.8 per 10,000), is one of 57 countries — including 36 in Sub-Saharan Africa — with a critical shortage of health workers. Many local health facilities have only one health worker, often a nurse, to provide all patient care. This puts a heavy strain …

SRHR communication still a challenge along Kenya Coast

Howard Akimala Youth Empowerment

A recent survey conducted by DSW in Kilifi County (Kenya) shows that only 5% of young adolescents confide in their parents/guardians about Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The adolescents are more free discussing such issues with their teachers, though this is still quite low at 28%. in April 2014, as part of the implementation of the Young Adolescents Project …

DSW launches UNFPA SWOP Report in Germany – The power of 1.8 billion!

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

DSW Launches UNFPA SWOP Report Today, Nov. 18th, DSW published the German version of UNFPA’s State of the World Population (SWOP) Report in Berlin. The theme of this year’s SWOP Report is the potential transformative power of the 1.8 billion young people alive today. As this incredible generation has the power to shape our world, their needs must not be …

DSW hosts #LetsSaveLives Tweetchat with Devex on global health R&D

Eoghan Walsh Youth Empowerment

On November 12th, DSW (Deutsche StiftungWeltbevoelkerung), in conjunction with the Devex campaign “Healthy Means”, hosted a live tweetchat on the value of global health R&D. It was part of a broader campaign to raise awareness of the value of innovation for global health – “Let’s Save Lives”.

EuroNGOs 2014: 160 participants gather for a 2-day strategy conference in Madrid

Irina Youth Empowerment

Along with myself, civil society, academia, as well as representatives of governments, agencies and UN institutions gathered for a special conference in Madrid last week to exchange and strategize around the upcoming UN negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals to be formulated in the framework of the so-called Post-2015 Development Agenda. This agenda, above all, will shape worldwide development in the years to …

Three new manuals focus on the health and entrepreneurship needs of communities and youth in East Africa

Shane O'Halloran Youth Empowerment

We are delighted to announce the launch of three new publications focusing on civic education, policy and budget monitoring, and youth entrepreneurship in East Africa. These manuals have been especially created to equip and assist civil society organisations, community groups, and other stakeholders and family planning advocates in East Africa, in ensuring that the needs of vulnerable groups are recognised …